Hitachino Nest

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HITACHINO NEST From Japan’s Kiuchi BreweryHitachino Nest beer is a brand of quality top-fermented ales made by the esteemed sake-making Kiuchi Brewery – a family-owned business. They started brewing Hitachino Nest beer in 1996 with a hint of their traditional sake brewing methods. Since then, the beer brand has made a name for itself and won numerous awards worldwide. Hitachino has an established market in the US since 2000; and is well known for its unique “Owl” character logo and innovative brews.

Brewing History

The Kiuchi Brewery was established in 1823 by Kiuchi Gihei, the headman of Kounosu village. His family was collecting rice from farmers as land taxes for the Mito Tokugawa family. He began his brewery with the idea of using his remaining rice stocks in the warehouse. At this time in Japan a new political movement began to reform the Tokugawa regime. Fujita Toko, one of the movement’s activists, advocated an ideology to build a new organizational government with a reverence of the emperor, and his thought led to the Meiji Restoration.

Fujitawas a close friend of Kiuchi and he named one of his sakes KIKUSAKARIas a respect to the emperor. KIKU (chrysanthemum) is a crest of the imperial household, and SAKARI means 'property'. - Fujita Toko (1806-1855.)

In the 1950s

Mikio Kiuchi inherited the brewery legacy in 1950. It was the time when the sake industry flourished as the rapid growth of Japan’s economy after the World War 11. Although many sake breweries started mass-producing low quality sake due to increased demand, Kiuchi Brewery maintained their policy of pursuing the best quality of sake with the optimum ingredients and craftsmanship.

Hitachino Nest Beer

In autumn 1996, Kiuchi started brewing beer and named the brand “HITACHINO NEST BEER” and gave it the unique owl character logo. Over the years, Kiuchi Brewery has gained Japan and worldwide competition by winning awards at numerous world beer competitions.

HITACHINO NEST From Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery

Beer Products

White Ale

A refreshing mildly hopped Belgian styled beer with a complex flavor of coriander, orange peel, nutmeg. White Ale has won gold medals at several beer competitions in UK and US. This is one of Hitachino's top-selling beers both in Japan and US.

Pale Ale

Brewed in traditional English brewing method with English malts and hops. It has a malty, hoppy note which creates a rich, full bodied flavor. One of the best Pale Ale made in Japan.


German style Hefe Weizen with banana, clove, and vanilla like flavors with a touch of toasty wheat malt and hops.

Sweet Stout

A perfect mixture of coffee, chocolate, and roasted flavors in the nose and on the palate. No bitterness, but sweet notes throughout to the very finish.

HITACHINO NEST From Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery

Red Rice Ale

Complex sake like flavors with malt sweet notes. Hints of strawberries in the nose and palate. An intriguing mix of sake, malt and bitter notes in the finish.

Extra High (XH)

Strong Belgian Brown Ale matured in distilled Sake barrels. The final Maturation takes place in Shochu casks for 3 months.

Japanese Classic Ale

Bottle-conditioned fine creamy head on top. Medium bodied feel with sweet bitter taste. It has a unique note of cedar and complex spicy yet mild aroma of British traditional hops such as Kent Goldings and Challenge.

Commemorative Ale

Full bodied beer with sweet wheat flavor and beautiful dense foam. Pleasant bitterness and unique spicy aroma with Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans.

HITACHINO NEST From Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery

Amber Ale

This Amber Ale is a reddish brown beer brewed with a rich malt and bitter hops

Ginger Ale

This Ginger Ale is brewed using fresh fragrant raw ginger.


Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste.

HITACHINO NEST From Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery

More About Kiuchi Brewery

The main reason for the Kiuchi Brewerys’ existence is it production of Sake, the Kiuchi Brewery was founded by the Kiuchi family and remains in its hands, generations of Sake brewers have refined the process and products over decades. Like it’s younger stable mate (Hitachino Nest Beer) the Sake is also award winning and often sought after. Click for more information about the sakes here.

HITACHINO NEST From Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery

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